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Not Rex: Osama. Yo mama.

The celebrations in New York after learning of the death of Osama bin Laden. Photo: Dan Nguyen/Flickr
Who's going to be America's Top Villain now?

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Kurds protest 23 years after Halabja massacre

Sulaymaniya, Kurdish Iraq: The 'White Group' of self-appointed peacekeepers kept security forces and protesters apart.
Canadian eyewitnesses report on street protests for democracy.

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Torture in Iraq continues

Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obama's rhetoric. But torture in Iraq's prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability. After arresting tens of thousands of Iraqis, often without charge, and holding many for years without trial, the United States has handed over control of Iraqi prisons, and 10,000 prisoners, to the Iraqi government. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Conscientious objectors given a lifeline by private member's bill

An Iraq War protest in San Fransisco in 2008. Photo: Alex Robinson/Flickr
"Kevin," an American war resister, has been in hiding for four years in Calgary. He left home so he would not be sent back to Iraq and its "fraternity of guns."

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An Iraq War protest in San Fransisco in 2008. Photo: Alex Robinson/Flickr

When "Kevin" joined the U.S. army nine years ago, he never imagined he'd be living as a fugitive in Canada today. In 2006, the U.S. Iraq war resister drove halfway across the United States, boarded a plane for Calgary and convinced a border agent to let him in. He's been hiding ever since.

"I don't go out to places and hang out and just strike up conversations with strangers," he says, sitting on his living-room couch. "There's too much on the line."

If caught, Kevin -- not his real name -- could be deported to the U.S. and face jail time for deserting a war he considers to be immoral.

"I'm not the only one who thinks the war is illegal," he says.

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'Statistics for Afghanistan, Obama's Vietnam, are surging'

"General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts," began the MoveOn.org attack ad against Gen. David Petraeus back in 2007, after he had delivered a report to Congress on the status of the war in Iraq. George W. Bush was president, and MoveOn was accusing Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House." The campaign asked "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" on a full-page ad in The Washington Post. MoveOn took tremendous heat for the campaign, but stood its ground.

What's Harper trying to prove by going to war?

What is Harper trying to prove by putting Canadian boots on the ground in Iraq? Does he know he can help out internationally without going to war?

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The Current Crisis in Iraq

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location

290 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 40' 37.5348" N, 79° 21' 15.1668" W

The fragile Iraqi state is being torn apart by sectarian strife. The Sunnireligious extremist army ISIS has already seized control of several townsand cities in the northern and central parts of the country. Why is this happening and what is the way out of this crisis?

Speaker: Thamer Alfsafar, A leading member of the Iraqi Communist Party

For more information call 416-469-2481

ISIS, Israel and instability in the Middle East

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 5:30pm

Location

United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W

Part of the socialist sunday supper club series. Food and beverage served. Suggested donation $7-20 (or pwyc)

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